Francis Halsall

Francis Halsall is Lecturer in the History/Theory of Modern & Contemporary Art at National College of Art and Design, Dublin where is co-director of MA Art in the Contemporary World (

He has a MA and PhD in Art History (on systems aesthetics and art after modernism) from Glasgow University and is completing a PhD in Philosophy (on Niklas Luhmann’s aesthetics) at University College Dublin.

Recent academic publications include the books Systems of Art, (Peter Lang, 2008) (foreword Prof. Kitty Zijlmans) and the edited collections Rediscovering Aesthetics, (with Julia Jansen & Tony O’Connor), (Stanford University Press, 2009) and Aesthetic Practices and Critical Communities: Art, Politics, Friendship (with Julia Jansen and Sinead Murphy) (Springer, 2012), and the articles ‘Chaos, Fractals and the Pedagogical Challenge of Jackson Pollock’s “All-Over” Paintings,’ The Journal of Aesthetic Education (2009) and ‘Strategic Amnesia (on art history in Ireland in the 21st century)’, The Irish Review, (Winter, 2008).

Other publications include, ‘What is Modern and Contemporary Art?’ (booklet and talk with Declan Long for Irish Museum of Modern Art) and ‘5 Points on Pentagonism’ a forthcoming catalogue essay for Gerard Caris.


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